You are INVITED…..
More Swim & Water Polo
for Year-Round Achievers
Join Coach Mark Rauterkus and others of all ages and all abilities at the pools on these dates:
GAME DAY, SKWIM Ultimate, on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 11 to 1 pm at the outdoor swim pool of The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 North Charles Street, Northside.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm at Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool, outdoors, Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, Hill District. Adults in the deep end. Kids and volunteers in the middle depth.
Monday, August 21, 1 pm to 2 pm at PPS Langley K-8, for #WeArePPS Back to School event. Indoor. Limited spaces. PPS only. Reserve your spot as the pool is not so large. Langley is at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.
Saturdays starting in September and throughout the fall, winter and spring from 11:30 to 1 pm at our Saturday Swim School at Oliver Citywide Academy, formerly Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, Northside, Pittsburgh, 15212.
News, calendar and photos at CLOH.org. Courses at Play.CLOH.org.
Coach Mark is presently the varsity coach at PPS Obama Academy and has been a college coach for nine season.
Dear Parents / Guardians of Youngsters in Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo:
Lots of the students are making fine improvements in their swimming abilities in the past week. We have much more to do in the days and weeks to come. Here are some updates:
1. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in this info for me:
This would be a GREAT TIME to sit with your youngsters and be certain that specific, important information such as phone numbers, home addresses and email contacts is understood and can be communicated to the right people at the right times.
2. Try not to miss practices. We review but also build upon the skills day-by-day. New strokes and new games are blended into a pathway with the activities and missing days slows down our progress.
3. We invite you to join us in our quest for knowledge, safety awareness and fitness understanding in Swim & Water Polo. A great collection of videos can be watched at home. See our lesson plans:
4. Students get to do reflective writing. Lots of those clever insights, cute and adorable too, are posted at https://CLOH.org.
5. Students can WRITE outside of camp time too. Encourage your youngsters to reflect upon their swimming adventures. Help all you can. http://Play.CLOH.org/input/
6. We have an online class called, “Get Your Feet Wet – Swimming,” that everyone should be able to visit and complete. Students need a username and password to log into the course. First names are the usernames, (except for Jaylen_J and Jaylen_S), and passwords are set to SDA17. Give it a whirl. We are replacing the generic illustrations in the course with our own photos and videos.
7. Quiz time. We have four main tests, each with 25 questions. These tests can are online and offer the correct answers after each question. You can repeat the quizzes. They teach about aquatics and elements like SURF conditions, something that is not often experienced in Pittsburgh. A future vacation should not be spoiled with a tragic water event.
8. Are we Facebook friends yet? Community efforts are discussed and announced on Facebook. Send me, Mark Rauterkus, a friend request. This week Pittsburgh City Council is voting on a new change that would allow CITY EMPLOYEES to become sports coaches in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
9. Every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, weather permitting, all are invited to join us at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center Pool, Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, The Hill District, for water polo and SKWIM. Hope to see you there soon.
10. We expect to send home PERMISSION SLIPS for our Summer Dreamers so that we can go on a field trip to swim at local outdoor pools a couple of days in camp times. Stay tuned.
Mark Rauterkus, Executive Head Coach, 412-298-3432, Mark@Rauterkus.com
Pittsburgh Public Schools will be hosting its annual back to school event, #WeArePPS, starting at 1 pm on August 21, 2017 — and this year’s event at Langley K-8 is going to include SKWIM and Water Polo.
Every year, families of Pittsburgh flock to an event designed to equip the kids with the resources necessary to achieve a healthy start to the 2017-2018 school year. #WeArePPS is open to all current Pittsburgh Public School students and it takes place at Pittsburgh Langley (2940 Sheraden Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15204) on Monday, August 21, 2017, from 1-5 p.m.
The events in the swim pool are going to happen from 1 to 3 pm. Advance sign-up on a web form is coming.
The event happens on a Monday as barbers are freely available to administer haircuts. This event includes a parent resource fair with information in alignment with districts beliefs. PPS aims to serve students and schools and create effective family and community partnerships in every school.
Other organizations, companies, and/or PPS departments can be a part of this event by hosting a table in our Parent Resource Fair. Or, you can offer to help us out at the swim pool by leaving a note below in the comment section of this posting. Follow up is expected. In addition to hosting a table, PPS is accepting donations (refreshments, books, school supplies, etc.) to distribute to families. If you’d like to host a table at the resource fair, please respond to Merecedes Howze, mhowze1 – at – pghboe.net by email by Friday, July 21, 2017.
Good News! PPS has already received 98 stuffed book bags from Pittsburgh Moms Blog! There are dire needs for book bags and school supplies.
Game demonstration and competitions with students from Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo as well as The Pittsburgh Project are being scheduled.
PPS Langley is one of the five schools designated for the new project, “PPS Community Schools.” Read more insights in efforts to include aquatics as a feature of this venture.
All are invited to play water polo, again, from 6 to 7:45 pm on Tuesday night, July 11, 2017, at Citiparks Ammon Outdoor Pool.
So sorry. The field trip has been called off as per messages from central office at Pittsburgh Public Schools. Ugh. So sad. We got on-site approval. Had the support of the water polo organizers. They were excited to have us come and watch as well. Then we make up the permission slips. Plus, we had almost universal buy-in from the guardians and the kids. Almost everyone had turned back a signed permission slip. Finally, the day before our slated trip — Thursday — today — we got the bad news. Can’t go. We won’t get to stray off campus at all in 2017. Really disappointed. We had done this in the past with Swim & Water Polo as part of Summer Dreamers.
Dear Guardians of Students in Swim & Water Polo activity at U-Prep:
The enclosed permission slip needs your attention and prompt return to the Swim & Water Polo teachers at U-Prep as we want to hike with all of our students from U-Prep to Pitt’s campus this week (on either Thursday or Friday) to watch water polo tournament games.
We seek your permission to walk to Pitt’s Tree’s swim pool to be spectators of these high-level games among high school players from around the region. After the 15-minute walk, we’ll observe the action and setting for about an hour. We’ll share many teachable moments and return to U-Prep in plenty of time for the regular bus ride at the end of the camp day. This field trip is to happen within the regular day’s activities at regular times in the afternoon activity. Of course, an early dismissal on that day would not be practicable.
Going on either Thursday or Friday depends upon weather, tournament schedule and getting a group of signed permission slips returned. Please have your child return this form to the Swim & Water Polo Coaches or else insert the signed form in the envelope for permission slips for Swim & Water Polo at the office.
Coach Mark Rauterkus
412-298-3432, Mark@Rauterkus.com https://CLOH.org
+ + + + Return to Camp U-Prep office or give to Swim & Water Polo teachers + + + +
Guardian’s Name: ___________________________
Phone #: ___________________________
Student’s Name(s): ___________________________
I give permission for my child to hike off campus from Camp U-Prep to Pitt’s swim pool to watch part of a competitive water polo tournament in the afternoon on Thursday, June 29 and/or Friday, June 30, 2017 as part of Swim & Water Polo activities.
Today’s Date: ___________________________
RETURN to Swim & Water Polo Teachers at Camp U-Prep
The schedule for the water polo tournament has been posted and is in the image below. Since there are no games slated for Thursday afternoon, the Swim & Water Polo students from U-Prep’s Summer Dreamers are going to need to go on Friday. We’ll need to depart quickly from lunch and walk quickly up the hill to make it to the game. Lunch is over at 1:40. Game begins at 1:30 am. The game is a girls game for either first place or third place.
Other students and families can go to the watch the games after camp ends on both Thursday and Friday. I am going to encourage the Camp King students to go to the pool on Thursday at 6 pm to watch our teacher, Ton, play in one of his games. He is playing in the blue boxes (for boys) with the Tiger team.
Kate, another staff member at Swim & Water Polo at Camp King, plays in the pink boxes (for girls) and Tiger. Her game on Thursday is at 8:10 pm.
I’m going to apply for a grant for funding from The Sprout Fund for $1,000.
I applied for this in the past and did not get it, sadly. I think the reasoning, in part, was that I’m from the South Side. True. But I coached the Manchester Academic Charter School students and that is at the Northside’s Sarah Heinz House. I coach the kids at The Pittsburgh Project in the summer and that is on Charles Street. And, we operate the Saturday Swim School at the Northside’s Oliver High School pool.
This year we will also be coaching the Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers with Swim & Water Polo at Allegheny school on the Northside. it is right across the street from the National Aviary.
Dear Fellow Swim Coaches:
Your opinions, feedback and participation are welcomed, at your leisure, as you are able. Thanks for the consideration.
#1. You, your spouse, other helpers with you team, and even a few of your varsity swimmers are invited to join in at a seminar and demonstration as well as post-game social to be held in Pittsburgh’s South Side starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House. Out of town guest include aquatic experts with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA.org) and Kevin McCarthy of Washington state, inventor of the aquatic game, SKWIM. Bring your swim suit and towel as we will put our PA friends into SKWIM games with opponents from around the nation, learning about this terrific game that you might want to deploy in your facilities too. Then walk to post game social at 9 pm at our home / office at 108 S. 12th Street, South Side, Pgh 15203.
#2. This past season EVERY high school swim meet we hosted in the city had to begin at 2:30 pm, due to officials shortages. Ugh.
#3. Because we need more community engagement, and officials, I am most interested in starting a wide reaching ALUMNI SWIMMING effort. Sure, there is Masters swimming, Tri swimming, Masters Water Polo and Underwater Hockey. All happen in Pittsburgh. Plus, a few of the largest districts have annual alumni events too. Great. But, I think this is the right time to launch a PA and WPIAL SWIM ALUMNI organization. I will be happy to do the heavy lifting and get this started, but would you be willing to serve on a steering committee and participate in a few conference calls? If so, send an email to Mark@Rauterkus.com.
#4. Another way to expand and improve swimming in PA, that I think we should address, comes with the formation of another CLASS beyond the existing AAA and AA. Let’s ponder the possibilities and ramifications of making a legitimate JV Swim Classification. We have city schools, big and small, that do not have swim teams. Plus, we have teams that are fielding teams that are struggling to survive. A new, “JV designation,” within the rules, with a few JV focused meets, could be most welcomed addition for the sport in many settings. Ideas? Mark@Rauterkus.com.
Thanks again. Best wishes to you and your teams.